The system was simple. Everyone understood it. Books were for burning, along with the houses in which they were hidden. Guy Montag was a fireman whose job it was to start fires. And he enjoyed his job. He had been a fireman for ten years, and he had never questioned the pleasure of the midnight runs or the joy of watching pages consumed by flames, never questioned anything until he met a seventeen-year-old girl who told him of a past when people were not afraid. Then Guy met a professor who told him of a future in which people could think. And Guy Montag suddenly realized what he had to do.
©1981 Ray Bradbury (P)2010 Tantor
This is Ray Bradbury's classic tale of authoritarian government out of control. The only entertainment available to the population is a modern version of TV called the "wall." But it is strictly controlled content. Books ranging from Tom Sawyer to the Bible are banned because they are hurtful to certain groups of people. This is done to keep the population content and peaceful.
When banned books are reported, the firemen are called to burn them.
The print version was a little easier to follow because our main character is having some heated internal debates over the ethics of burning these books. Some of that internal dialog gets confusing as to what is and is not being said.
This book was ok once but I doubt I will go through it again.
1. Dystopia novel. Futuristic. Lots of problems with the government in the future.
2. They don't give good history anymore. Montag is a fireman. but he goes around and burns the books in the houses that are now completely fireproof. Which is what he believes all firemen have done.
3. The book is about books. Lots of great quotes about the value of literature.
4. I didn't know this until after I read, but Bradbury was mostly self educated through reading. He graduated from a los angeles high school and never went to college.
5. Interesting to see the way he describes the people who continue to read. They are not part of the system, so they are not particularly wealthy, or successful, but they are more alive than any other human being. It really inspires me to continue reading, continue wondering about the world.
"Give the people contests they win by remembering the words to more popular songs or the names of state capitals or how much corn Iowa grew last year. Cram them full of noncombustible data, chock them so damned full of ‘facts’ they feel stuffed, but absolutely ‘brilliant’ with information. Then they’ll feel they’re thinking, they’ll get a sense of motion without moving....Don’t give them any slippery stuff like philosophy or sociology to tie things up with."
"Stuff your eyes with wonder,’ he said, ‘live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories. Ask no guarantees, ask for no security, there never was such an animal."
First, the narrator was outstanding. He made listening exciting. I had read the print version of this book before and had seen the mediocre film version many years ago. This narrator could not have been better. It is worth the time just to hear what a superb job he did.
That this was written so early in Ray Bradbury's career is amazing. Like so many of the stories in "The Illustrated Man," they have both surface interest and many layers of deeper meaning.
This is a book about anomie, about narcissism, about the hypnotic effect of technology, media and entertainment, about individuality versus collectivism, about the lure of conformity. In some ways it resembles the theme of the film "The Truman Show," in the way it presents vicarious experiencing as an alternative to authentic experiencing.
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to it and strongly recommend it, even to those who have read the printed version earlier. I especially recommend it to anyone who read Fahrenheit 451 in high school and who is now an adult. You will find much more there now than you did then.
Audible obsessed lifelong learner.
Happiness through forced equality. Remove the books that drive competing points to view and stupefy the populace through reality tv shows. Montag had had his eyes open to the horror of his existence that not only holds himself down but as a fireman burning books does his part to lower society to the lowest common denominator.
Although the written version is still better, this audio version was great for my son with processing issues. It made his summer homework much easier. He seemed to really enjoy this classic instead of resenting it because of a struggle to read it.
I love this story and it still holds up to modern times.
I like Beatty. I thought the narrations was top notch and loved the performance from this character.
His voice is really awesome and he is able to change it for different characters. His narration was really good.
This really should be a film they remake soon. I would like to see it go further though.
I love Ray Bradbury, but I had never read this book. So I thought I would go for a classic. It has been awhile since I read Bradbury...maybe I forgot...or maybe this was the first book he ever wrote...but it was tough! There was so much overuse of adjectives! It was incredible. I know you need them to draw a mental picture, but this was painful! The story is lost in all those adjectives! But, I listened to the end. The plot was good, but it could have been a short story. :)
From Ray Bradbury, yes; Stephen Hoye, no.
It would be more enjoyable if there was a story. It seems like Bradbury wanted to be a Futurist more than he wanted to be an author on this one. His ideas are interesting and sort of accurate sometimes, but the story takes a backseat to his futuristic predictions. Most of it is just people sitting around talking. It's not really that interesting.
No. His voice was very annoying and did not suit the character in this book at all. His voice was monotone and it seemed like he tried to overcompensate for that, making it sound annoying and distracting. He did not do a good job at accurately portraying the emotions and he couldn't perform the female characters with any believability. I think if anyone is interested in reading this book, it would be much more enjoyable the old fashioned way: on paper.
The Perfect Storm! Audible, a great Audiobooks Reader and an adventure/romance in my little green iPod...
I don't believe so... I don't think these books are exciting for kids my age.
Don't know. Only listened for 12 minutes and then deleted the book. What I listened to was the worst story I think I have ever heard.
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